Guest Post & Super Giveaway with Jennifer Probst {THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN}


Please welcome Jennifer Probst, author of THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN, to Novel Reflections! To celebrate her 9/4 PRINT release of TMB, Jennifer is hosting a fabulous giveaway!


The e-version is already steaming up best-seller lists, moving more than a half-million copies in just six months as the #8 bestselling Kindle e-book for the first half of the year and #9 on the New York Times’ combined print and e-book fiction list.


Title: The Marriage Bargain
Author: Jennifer Probst
Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 276 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-903-5
Release Date: February 2012
Imprint: Indulgence

A marriage in name only…To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Making It Real…

I’m thrilled to celebrate the debut print release of The Marriage Bargain on September 4th and wanted to talk a little about what makes a romance novel real.

Yes, usually there is a happy ever after. Yes, usually there is a situation that stretches the limits a bit, such as a pretend marriage or secret baby. Yes, there is off the charts sex that goes on every day, with orgasms galore and gorgeous men who serve every need.

Whew, I think I need a minute.

Ok. But readers demand a core of truth and reality in their stories that come from the characters. Many readers have told me they love the snappy dialogue between Nick and Alexa which made the story come to life. If a reader doesn’t believe your hero and heroine can jump off the page and be real, the rest will remain flat. Using real life woven within a romance brings it to the next level, and conversation is a great way to do it.

Here’s a quick clip of dialogue from one of Alexa and Nick’s conversations:

“Maggie says you have a fish.”

That remark rewarded her with a chilling look. “Yes.”

“What’s his name?”


She blinked. “You didn’t even give it a name?”

“Did I commit a crime?”  

When a character is forced to be vulnerable and confront his or her demons, readers begin to identify with the story. Nick comes from a tough childhood and the man he’s become reflects his past. He’s afraid to open up and trust. The deeper a writer goes inside a character’s head, the better a reader can relate.

I hope you enjoy the brand new print release and I’m celebrating by giving away a Kindle Fire and a gift card to buy lots of goodies! Enter to win and don’t forget Maggie and the Count will be making their own fireworks on October 4th with the print and e-book release of The Marriage Trap.

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